1980 UK Championship (snooker)

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Coral UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–29 November 1980
Venue Guild Hall
City Preston
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-ranking event
Winner's share £6,000
Highest break Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (134)
Final
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up Northern Ireland Alex Higgins
Score 16–6
1979
1981

The 1980 Coral UK Championship was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place at the Guild Hall in Preston. The event began on 16 November 1980 and the televised stages were shown on BBC between 22 and 29 November 1980. The television coverage by BBC had been extended to eight days after the success of other competitions such as the World Championship.

Steve Davis took his first major title after making his first major quarter-final the previous year. He whitewashed Terry Griffiths 9–0 in the semi-final and defeated Alex Higgins 16–6 in the final to claim the start of the Davis era in snooker. The highest break of the tournament was 134 made by Higgins.

Prize fund[edit]

[1]

  • Winner: £6,000
  • Runner-up: £3,000
  • Semi-final: £1,500
  • Quarter-final: £1,000
  • Last 16: £500
  • Last 24: £250

Main draw[edit]

[2]

  Last 24
Best of 17 frames
Last 16
Best of 17 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 17 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 31 frames
                                               
England Tony Meo 9     England John Virgo 1  
England Pat Houlihan 1     England Tony Meo 9  
  England Tony Meo 5  
  England Steve Davis 9  
England Steve Davis 9 Canada Bill Werbeniuk 3
England Mike Hallett 1     England Steve Davis 9  
  England Steve Davis 9  
  Wales Terry Griffiths 0  
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 9     Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 9  
England Graham Miles 5     Scotland Eddie Sinclair 6  
  Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 2
  Wales Terry Griffiths 9  
Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan 9 Wales Terry Griffiths 9
England Joe Johnson 4     Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan 8  
  England Steve Davis 16
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 6
England Willie Thorne 9     Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 9  
England Jim Meadowcroft 1     England Willie Thorne 7  
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 9
  England Fred Davis 6  
England Mark Wildman 9 England Fred Davis 9
England John Spencer 7     England Mark Wildman 6  
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 9
  Wales Ray Reardon 7  
Wales Roy Andrewartha 9     Wales Ray Reardon 9  
England John Pulman 6     Wales Roy Andrewartha 3  
  Wales Ray Reardon 9
  England Rex Williams 4  
England Rex Williams 9 England David Taylor 7
Wales Doug Mountjoy 8     England Rex Williams 9  

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 31 frames. Referee: Jim Thorpe, Wales John Williams (final session)
The Guild Hall, Preston, England, 28 and 29 November 1980.
Steve Davis
 England
16–6 Alex Higgins
 Northern Ireland
First session: 93–29 (69), 107–16, 27–79 (58), 79–16 (60), 26–69, 114–0 (114), 96–29 (95), 65–41, 68–29, 81–24, 28–74, 60–66, 47–55, 64–10 (64), 81–38, 74–21 (55), 105–12 (75), 65–32, 62–70 (61 Davis, 66 Higgins), 86–34 (75), 97–20, 64–46
114 Highest break 66
1 Century breaks 0
9 50+ breaks 2

Qualifying[edit]

[3]

Preliminary round Best of 17 frames

England Sid Hood 9–3 Chris Ross Scotland

England Mike Hallett 9–8 Bernard Bennett England

Last 32 Best of 17 frames

England Tony Meo 9–5 Sid Hood England

England Mike Hallett 9–8 Ray Edmonds England

Scotland Eddie Sinclair 9–1 Kingsley Kennerley England

England Joe Johnson 9–6 John Dunning England

England Jim Meadowcroft 9–1 David Greaves England

England Mark Wildman 9–8 Cliff Wilson Wales

Wales Roy Andrewartha 9–8 Tony Knowles England

England Rex Williams 9–1 John Barrie England

Century breaks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1980 UK Championship Player Prize Money". Snooker Database. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "UK Championship". Snooker Scene. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "1980 UK Championship Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 October 2010.